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by George Malik on 02/20/13 at 01:20 PM ET
Updated 7x at 1:39 PM: Not good not good, from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Update #4: Here comes the text from St. James...
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that Samuelsson has "a non-displaced fractured finger" and that he will be out a minimum of 14 days before being re-evaluated.
Samuelsson took a puck off his left hand during Tuesday's morning skate in Nashville, on on a shot fired by Ian White. Samuelsson missed the evening's 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators. He had only just returned from a groin injury the previous game and has been limited to three appearances through the first 16 games of the season.
Meanwhile, Holland said the Wings are still awaiting the results of tests on starting goaltender Jimmy Howard.
Howard left 11 minutes into Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville, after allowing a deflection goal that made it 2-0. Few around him knew why: Coach Mike Babcock hadn't heard about Howard's potential vision problems, nor had most teammates.
From what has emerged, Howard was "banged around," as Holland put it, during Monday's practice. Howard thought he was OK to play, but decided otherwise after getting beaten twice on seven shots.
Update #5: MLive's Brendan Savage confirms:
Detroit Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks with a "non-displaced fractured finger," general manager Ken Holland said this afternoon in a text message to MLive.com.
Holland said Samuelsson will be reevaluated in two weeks.
Samuelsson missed Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Nashville after being hit on the left hand with a shot by defenseman Ian White during the morning skate.
He had missed 12 games with a strained groin before returning for Sunday's loss in Minnesota.
Holland did not provide an update on the condition of goaltender Jimmy Howard, who left the game against Nashville midway through the first period. Coach Mike Babcock said Howard was having trouble seeing the puck after getting dinged up in practice.
Update #6: Ditto for the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
Just when Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson got back into the lineup, he’s out of it again.
Samuelsson will miss a minimum of two weeks with a non-displaced fractured finger according to Wings general manager Ken Holland in a text he sent to The Macomb Daily.
Samuelsson was a last-minute scratch Tuesday after getting hit with a puck in his left hand in the morning skate by defenseman Ian White.
Samuelsson has played just three games this season since returning to Detroit. He appeared in the first two games of the season before being sidelined with a groin injury. He has one assist and is a minus-2.
Samuelsson will be reevaluated in two weeks.
As for goalie Jimmy Howard, who left midway through the first period of Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Nashville Predators after having trouble seeing the puck, Holland did not provide an update on his condition.
Wings coach Mike Babcock said Howard was dinged up in practice with a puck.
Forward Mikael Samuelsson will be out 2-3 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of a finger on his left hand during Tuesday's morning skate.
As for goalie Jimmy Howard, who developed blurry vision early in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville, GM Ken Holland said Howard is having more tests Wednesday. Holland doesn't know at this point whether Howard will be ready to play Thursday's game against Columbus.
"I have no idea," said Holland, who added he'd recall goalie Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids if Howard is unable to play. "He's having on-going tests. We just don't know yet."
Goalie Johan Gustavsson returned from a groin injury Monday, and replaced Howard in the Nashville game.
Losing Samuelsson is another difficult blow to a team that has been ravaged with injuries.
Samuelsson joins Johan Franzen (hip flexor), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back), Jan Mursak (shoulder), Brendan Smith (shoulder) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) as players all out of the lineup.
"We'd just like two or three players back at this point," Holland said. "It's important we just hang in there. We have to hang around (a playoff spot), and stay in the race. We have to get healthy."
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